AJ Allmendinger wins in thrilling finish at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with champagne after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10:  AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with champagne after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 10: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with champagne after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

It took nearly the entire afternoon thanks to three red flags, but AJ Allmendinger won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.   Allmendinger fought door to door with Marcos Ambrose on a final restart with two laps to go, powering by the Australian road course ace on the final lap for the win.

A day that started with a great deal of sadness after Tony Stewart was involved in a sprint car crash that led to a fatality Saturday night forcing him to sit out Sunday’s race, ended with an emotional celebration for AJ Allmendinger who was suspended by NASCAR in 2012 after failing a drug test. He completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program later that year, and was reinstated.

Allmendinger was released by Penske Racing after the suspension, he was signed by JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2013.  Sunday’s win was the first Sprint Cup win for Allmendinger and the team.

“My gosh, I can’t believe we won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race,” Allmendinger said in victory lane. MORE>>>

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